What a treasure of a writer that Tucson gets to claim in the form of Jennifer Lee Carrell. Carrell wrote the spectacular Speckled Monster which details part of the smallpox vaccine story usually left of the mainstream discussion in fascinating fictional form and highlights the role of women in this work .
Carrell’s subsequent work is more thriller in nature and what I’m thrilled by is that she lives here, here in Tucson. Tucson is a small enough place, even with a population of a million, the chance of interacting with someone in a casual manner are fairly likely. Turns out Jennifer is part of the TucsonMama community. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy when I hear of writers, artists, musicians, and activists who live in Tucson. I might be a science geek, but the arts and humanities are such a mystery to me that I am in awe of such abilities.
Carrell is reading at Antigone (there is yet another Tucson treasure) this Friday and in the meantime TucsonMama is running a book giveaway of Carrell’s latest book Haunt Me Still. Don’t worry if you’re not a Tucson Mama, the competition is open until Friday. Check it out, go leave a comment and take a chance on winning a book. I can’t.
Here is the trailer for the book: